Faßberg: Air Base

RAF Fassberg

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CoordinatesN525510 E0101108 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 245 ft
Location indicatorDEFB (195x), EDNF (196x-), ETHS
The history of the Cold War airfields: Faßberg


Federal state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony).
Germany during the Cold War

During World War II


Luftwaffe air base (Fliegerhorst).


Faßberg Air Base in World War II as Schmarbeck on a US map from 1943 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)


Faßberg Air Base on a US map from 1951 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War


Royal Air Force (RAF) base, later German Air Force.
Remarkable at this airfield:
● Faßberg played an important role in the Berlin Airlift. Although the airfield was located in the British zone, it was mainly used by US aircraft.
● Der Flugplatz war nur 40 km von der innerdeutschen Grenze zur DDR entfernt und lag genau auf der Grenze der Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Spekulation: Bei der Planung von Krieghandlungen könnte der Platz aufgrund seiner Lage eine besondere Rolle für aus dem Osten zurückkehrende Kampfflugzeuge gespielt haben.

In 1948


Royal Air Force base.

Radio beacons

  • Fassberg NDB: 384 "FJ"
  • Plainfare NDB: 314 "FG"

Radio communication

  • GCA: call sign "ZIGZAG" 137.7 (Initial), 134.1 (Final)
  • Tower 116.1, 117.9, 140.58
  • Approach 116.1, 117.9, 140.58

In the 1960s


Fassberg Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1969
Fassberg Air Base on a US satellite image from 02.08.1969
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Fassberg airfield 1969
Enlargement: The airfield
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1970s


Faßberg Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

In the 1980s


Location of Fassberg air base. - The map shows the visual approach and departure routes in 1984.



  • 09/27: 2439 m x 29 m Concrete/Asphalt

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 284 "FSB", at field
  • TACAN: CH 95 "FSB"



German Army Aviation airfield.


Airfields in the vicinity


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